KSP Newsletter No: 154 July 2017

I have been trying to follow up on the new water pipeline being laid from the mainland to Samui. I mentioned this is in my July Newsletter last year following a visit to the East Water desalination plant in Plai Laem. Since then it has been possible to see the barges laying the pipeline. Taken from Notice to Mariners for the area the line of the pipeline is shown on this chart extract. More on this as information becomes available.

Chart courtesy of https://webapp.navionics.com  

This is an extremely interesting and useful web site which covers the whole world. If you enter the site and zoom in to Samui at a small scale, especially around the Nathon area you will see why the cruise ships that visit us stay so far out. The first issue is the depth of water. You will see that the 10m line is quite far out and it gets quite shallow inside that line as you will regularly see at low water. As most of the ships draw around 8m that leaves little margin for error. The second thing you will see is the plethora of submarine cables in that area which they must avoid when anchoring. If you recall the major electrical power outage which lasted for a few days a few years ago, you can see the new underwater power cable that they then laid from the mainland to the sub-station in Maenam.

 The Notice to Mariners was issued in October last year and stated

1. From September 2016 to April 2017 Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA)
The following pipe will be installed”

It then gave eight coordinates from which the attached line was drawn – although some of the later coordinates seemed to be on land! The barges have gone so I am presuming the line has been finished and it just remains to connect to the pumping station in Ban Kao and complete the connections round the island.

 If you would like to see all Notices to Mariners they can be found here http://www.hydro.navy.mi.th/NTMs/ntm.htm in Thai but Google Translate for once does a reasonable job.

For those of you who have your water direct from the PWA and get a PWA bill each month, you usually pay at the 7-11. However, if you forget to pay by the due date (or just want to save 10 Baht!) you need to pay at the PWA in Nathon or to save the trip, once a month there is a mobile office at the Lake in Chaweng. It is there for three days from 10.30-15.30 usually the Monday – Wednesday on the 3rd week of the month. Exact dates can be obtained from the PWA 077 200 517.

The full Newsletter contains the following articles and links
New Listings – 9
Price Reductions – 6
Public Holidays
Cruise Ships

Bangkok Airways Offers Special Privileges to Women Travelers throughout the month of August 2017

Bangkok Airways and Hong Kong Airlines enter into codeshare agreement

Scandal brewing as key forestry official transferred over Koh Phangan airport plans

Koh Phangan airport project hits snag

Tourism Authority of Thailand upgrades mobile apps for tourists

Captain on the bridge – Raja Ferries

Two foreign thieves – at least one believed to be an American – were arrested by police on Koh Phangan on Tuesday.

Healthy Summer Camp for Kids on Samui

Thailand to launch new 10 year multiple entry visa for over 50s

Universal Aviation Thailand to provide customer service & ramp training to Koh Samui Airport

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